Ghost was found by animal control and brought to an animal shelter in Florida as a deaf pup. Animal control thought he would not be adoptable, but Swamp Haven Rescue brought him to Port Angeles. This was the perfect place for Ghost to be, because Swamp Haven Rescue prides itself on taking “down-on-their-luck dogs and nurtur[ing] them back to a healthy mental and physical state, so they can find their forever home.”
This sweet white pup caught the eye of Barb Davenport, a long-time dog trainer and K-9 program manager for Washington state. She has been training drug search dogs for the state since the 1980s.
Davenport had never trained a deaf dog and noticed that Ghost was very smart. She tells King 5 News, “It seems to make him even more focused.” His training was centered on using his other keen senses and communicating through hand signals.
Once he completed his training, he was partnered with Joe Henderson to performs drug searches at state prisons and other secure facilities. He started in January and is doing an amazing job. His reward for finding drugs is his favorite toy, a tennis ball.
Ghost has a long and successful career ahead of him. Thank you for taking a chance on him. Hopefully, this will make other states look to shelter pets for work companions as well.
Check out his story in the video below.
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